Today's News

  • County budget done deal with no tax hike

    Roane County employees will soon see a bump in their pay checks. The $106 million budget the County Commission passed Monday funds a 2 percent raise for employees.

    “It will probably be in their next check, retroactive to July 1,” County Executive Ron Woody said.

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  • Rockwood police nab woman sought by U.S. Marshals

    A woman wanted by the U.S. Marshals was arrested in Rockwood last week.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Department Detective Josh Rymer stopped Brandi Irene Russell at the intersection of Harvey Street and Wilder Avenue because her Dodge Charger had improper registration.

    “I checked the status of her license and it was found to be suspended,” the report said. “We also received a hit on Russell through the U.S. Marshals Service showing she had a probation violation.”

  • Woman guilty of causing fatal crash

    A woman faces sentencing this fall for a fatal crash that took the life of a Harriman father on Valentine’s Day in 2015.

    Robin Waynette Ledbetter pleaded guilty in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday to charges of vehicular homicide by intoxication, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment and driving under the influence.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said she entered what’s referred to in the legal profession as a blind plea, meaning there was no agreement between her and the state on a possible sentence.

  • Rockwood’s turn for tablet try: City buying four iPads for Council members’ business

    Rockwood City Council is going digital.

    The council plans to start utilizing iPads at their meetings, with a trial run planned for the next meeting.

    “We got four for the four City Council persons who currently don’t have one at a cost of $327.27 each,” said City Administrator Becky Ruppe.

    “We will be charged a low monthly government data rate in the beginning that we will be able to drop later, if we decide to just use Wi-Fi where we already have it available.”

  • Take me out to the ballgame: Gridiron Vols pitch to inspire Dixie Youth

    It’s not often that kids growing up get to meet a Division I college football player.

    The ones playing in the Dixie Youth A and AA State Tournament in Rockwood got to meet a pair Thursday, when University of Tennessee football stars Khalil McKenzie and Josh Smith threw out ceremonial first pitches while also signing autographs at the event.

  • Harriman cited for governing excellence

    The city of Harriman received the 2017 Tennessee City Management Association’s Award for Excellence in Strategic Planning and Governance for officials’ work to expand recreation, the city’s marketability and infrastructure without a tax increase.

    The city received the recognition for the way its leaders worked to achieve strategic goals by finding inventive savings solutions.

    The city was also honored with the Tennessee Municipal League’s Small City Progress Award.

  • Nonprofit deadline coming Tuesday

    Tuesday is the deadline for nonprofit organizations to submit requests for county funding for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

    Roane County Commission is accepting the applications, which are available online at www.roanecountytn.gov.

    Completed applications may be dropped off at the County Executive’s office in the Courthouse, Kingston, or mailed to Nonprofit Committee, P.O. Box 643, Kingston, TN 37763.

  • New bridge seen as boon to nearby marina

    When the state replaces the Caney Creek Road bridge, local officials are hoping the new structure is bigger than the current one. They believe that will benefit nearby Caney Creek Marina, which in turn could help the county’s bottomline.

    “The thing that I’m most interested in is the positive impact the new bridge will have on the further development of the marina and improve an already growing tourism industry here,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston.

    According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the current bridge has